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Vol: 46, No.19 1ST SUNDAY OF LENT ( C) March 10 2019  
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High and abides in the shade of the Almighty says to the Lord: “My refuge, my stronghold, my God in whom I trust!” R/
Upon you no evil shall fall, no plague approach where you dwell. For you has he commanded his angels, to keep you in all your ways. R/
They shall bear you upon their hands lest you strike your foot against a stone. On the lion and the viper you will tread and trample the young lion and the dragon. R/
His love he set on me, so I will rescue him; protect him for he knows my name. When he calls I shall answer: “I am with you.” I will save him in distress and give him glory. R/
The Word of the Lord
(Paul mentions two conditions for attaining salvation: a sincere confession that Jesus is Lord, and a firm belief that God has raised Jesus).
A reading from the Letter of St Paul to the Romans (10:8-13)
What does scripture say? The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach); because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved. The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and bestows his riches upon all who call upon him. For, “everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”
The Word of the Lord
Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. (Mt 4:4)
(Assisted by the Holy Spirit, Jesus overcomes the devil’s temptations.)
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke (4:1-13)
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing in those days; and when they were ended, he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” And the devil took him up, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it shall all be yours.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’” And he took him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here; for it is written, ‘He will give his angels charge of you, to guard you, and ‘on their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.
The Gospel of the Lord
I believe in God,/....
Cel: Temptations come in attractive forms and colours. All the three temptations that the devil proposed to Jesus are very attractive and difficult to resist. When we are hungry food is the most essential thing we need. Similarly possessions and popularity are dear to us. Yet Jesus stood firm against the
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